Early Commitment?

Michael Ford

If you are in Louisiana and you are looking for one of the top running backs in the country then look no farther than Leesville which just so happens to be the home of Michael Ford.

Michael Ford

Ford (5-10, 210, 4.5) has the complete package of speed, vision, cutback ability and power that coaches love.

In fact, several coaches have already expressed their desire to bring the thoroughbred into their stable at the next level.

"I've been offered by LSU, Alabama, Florida State and Ole Miss," Ford said. "My coach said I'm getting stuff from a lot of other schools too but those are the only offers."

LSU was the last school to extend a scholarship offer to the 5-star back and that happened on the same day Les Miles and his staff was counting the fruits of their labor for the 2008 class.

"Coach Miles called and told my coach he just got through watching my film and he liked what he had seen," Ford said. "I called and talked to coach (Miles) later in the day and he said I had an offer."

Leesville is known for being all about LSU so when Ford got the offer from the Tigers it put a big smile on his face.

"I was very happy because I had been leaning towards going there," said Ford. "LSU is known for putting out a lot of great players so I was excited about getting the opportunity to go there."

Alabama was another recent offer for the standout back and he recently took an unofficial visit to Tuscaloosa to check things out for the Crimson Tide's Junior Day.

"That went very good," Ford said of the trip. "I like Nick Saban and the program they have going. It was an exciting trip."

The other two offers that Ford is sitting on came from coaches who are very familiar with recruiting the Bayou State.

One of those offers is one he thinks about while the other seems to be up in the air.

"Coach (Jimbo) Fisher offered and said he wanted to get me to Florida State," Ford said. "He said that I was a great player and I hope to maybe get down there for junior day. Ole Miss offered when coach (Ed) Orgeron was there but I haven't heard anything from coach Nutt."

Next up on the itinerary for unofficial visits is a trip to Baton Rouge for LSU's Junior Day on Feb. 23rd.

The soft-spoken Ford has talked about making a decision early on so he could focus on his senior year but just how early could he be thinking.

"I could see myself committing early," he said. "There is a very good chance of that."

Could that happen at LSU's Junior Day?

"Yea," he said with a laugh.

Note: Ford broke his collarbone early in his junior year but he rushed for 567 yards and four scores in four games. He said the injury is 100 percent healed and he is looking forward to a big senior year.

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